Wellness Manager- (Clinical Therapist)

Full-time, Exempt

United Friends of the Children’s Pathways Housing Programs provides residents, ages 18-26, with housing and support services as they seek to obtain stable and secure housing, education, and employment. Reporting to the Director of Clinical Support, the Wellness Manager -(Clinical Therapist) will be responsible for implementing clinically responsive practices for the Pathways’ Transitional Housing Program. The Wellness Manager will provide trauma-informed, culturally competent mental health services to a caseload of 10-12 youth in addition to implementing psychoeducational and clinical groups, creative arts and therapeutic classes and providing crisis management support and coaching to housing staff.

  • Duties and responsibilities:

    Clinical Supervision and Support
    ● Provide clinical therapy to a caseload of 10-12 program youth that are identified as needing mental health support or services. Clinical intervention includes assessment, long-term therapy, short-term or brief therapy, and/or possible linkage to additional mental health services as determined via clinical assessment and treatment plan.
    ● Develop and implement trauma-informed crisis intervention, as well as emergency (crisis) support and coaching, as needed.
    ● Conducts trauma-informed biopsychosocial mental health assessments.
    ● Work closely with the Director of Clinical Support to manage and ensure the provision of high-quality parenting instruction, substance abuse counseling, and mental health therapy to community residents.
    ● On-call support to respond over the phone and/or in person to housing program crises as needed.
    ● Participate in community and collaborative meetings.
    ● Guide and support Housing staff in navigating crises and other challenging situations with program participants that require clinical insight and/or intervention.
    ● Be on-call to respond over the phone and/or in person to housing program crises as needed.
    ● In partnership with the Director of Clinical Support work collaboratively with staff to ensure that client documentation is appropriate, accurate and submitted within the established timeframe.

    ● Collaborate with Director of Clinical Support to implement the organization’s clinical approach based upon best practices for supporting youth who have experienced foster care and homelessness (such as trauma-informed care, housing first, motivational interviewing).
    ● Understand the organization’s clinical requirements and approach and ensure alignment of services with them.
    ● Maintain and uphold ethical practices especially as it pertains to confidentiality concerns.
    ● In partnership with the Director of Clinical Support, coordinate internal and external training opportunities to ensure consistency with clinical and therapeutic best practices.

    Program Support
    ● Build empowering relationships with and provide direct support to youth as needed.
    ● Working in partnership with program staff, develop and co-facilitate therapeutic and social-emotional groups for youth as needed.
    ● Build relationships with community partners to expand resource referral sources that address the mental health needs of program participants.

    ● Perform additional projects as assigned.

    General Responsibilities
    ● Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement United Friends’ organizational values:
    ○ Build effective and empowering relationships with the youth, community and each other.
    ○ Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact.
    ○ Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation.
    ○ Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups.
    ○ Work together as one organization

  • Required Qualifications:

    ● LCSW or LMFT preferred or must have 2+ years’ experience working with clients who suffer from trauma, substance abuse, mental health problems and or those experiencing homelessness and maintains BBS registered associate/intern status ( CSW/MFTA) or licensed eligible within one year of accepting the position
    ● Ability to work effectively as a member and leader of a multi-disciplinary service team.
    ● An understanding of and sensitivity to issues concerning former foster care youth from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds
    ● Demonstrated success implementing the Housing First model and strengths-based approaches with homeless youth.
    ● Excellent knowledge of substance use treatment strategies, mental health issues, and trauma-informed care
    ● Strong commitment and adherence to a clinical professional Code of Ethics, especially confidentiality requirements
    ● Strong leadership, problem-solving, and crisis intervention skills
    ● Effective communication and conflict resolution skills
    ● Available to be on-call for staff consultation during crisis events.
    ● Regular travel to United Friends’ housing locations, events, and community meetings within L.A. County
    ● Passionate about United Friends’ mission

  • Preferred Qualifications:

    ● Experience working in a non-profit organization with the TAY population.
    ● Strong professional boundaries, communication & interpersonal skills
    ● Strong analytical skills
    ● Flexible, amiable, & willing to work as a team player.
    ● Excellent organizational skills

United Friends currently implements a hybrid work environment. This position will work full-time hours, Monday-Friday and on weekends and evenings as needed. The Wellness Manager- (Clinical Therapist) will work between the Cluster housing sites, at-least two-days per week, Monday-Friday and on weekends (as needed). Location and days may change based on agency and program needs. Travel between United Friends’ housing sites across Los Angeles County is required. UFC can change current hybrid schedule at their discretion based on the needs of the position and company.
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